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1. Pentax Optio WP 5MP Waterproof
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2. Pentax Optio S5i 5MP Digital Camera
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3. Pentax Optio S50 5MP Digital Camera
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4. Pentax *ist DS 6.1MP Digital Camera
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5. Pentax *ist DS 6.1MP Digital SLR
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6. Pentax Optio SV 5MP Digital Camera
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7. Pentax Optio S40 4MP Digital Camera
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8. Pentax IQZoom 170SL Date Camera
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9. Pentax Optio 750Z 7MP Digital
$288.95 list($369.99)
10. Pentax Optio 33WR 3.2MP All-Weather
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11. Pentax ZX-M 35mm SLR Camera Kit
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12. Pentax Optio X 5MP Digital Camera
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13. Pentax Optio MX4 4MP Digital Camera
$399.99 list($419.99)
14. Pentax Optio S4 4MP Digital Camera
$219.99 list($349.99)
15. Pentax Optio MX 3.2MP Digital
$552.96 $470.00 list($778.00)
16. Pentax DCF SP8x43 Binocular
$279.50 list($369.99)
17. Pentax Optio S 3.2MP Digital Camera
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18. Pentax Optio S4i 4MP Digital Camera
$270.69 $258.00 list($363.00)
19. Pentax DCF HR II 8x42 Fullsize
$439.00
20. Pentax SMC Zoom Eyepiece 20x-60x

1. Pentax Optio WP 5MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $399.95
our price: $349.95
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Asin: B0007CZ6F0
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 169
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

With a sleek, compact design, 5.0 megapixel resolution and a 3X optical zoom lens, the waterproof OptioWP blends digital elegance into outdoor lifestyles. Amphibious, elegant digital you'll take everywhere - Snorkel, ski, or attend a stunning wedding, and you'll never stop snapping with the OptioWP. This latest digital delivers both on land and in the sea with a faster .6 second start up, a quick .05 second shutter release, movie mode and a generous 2.0 inch monitor. A beautiful, petite JIS Class 8 waterproof-rated exterior promises you'll capture images proudly just under the water's surface or in the most formal settings. Finally, your wait is over for petite, durable, go everywhere digital. Slim, Stylish Design - The slim OptioWP body is less than one inch in depth, so it slips easily into a pocket or bag while the stylish aluminum alloy design offers a comfortable grip. Waterproof Performance - Go ahead and swim with the OptioWP! The camera features a rust-resistant metal exterior, rubber sealants, and lens protection that opens up a new world of photographic potential. Users may shoot in rain, in snow, in the pool, or on the beach to capture outdoor scenes and adventure. The JIS Class 8 waterproof rating confirms the OptioWP will remain watertight even when the camera is used in water. (*The OptioWP may be submerged and operated up to three feet underwaterfor up to 30 minutes. (1 meter = 3.28 feet)) ... Read more

Features

  • Powered by a long-life rechargeable Lithium-ion battery; stores images on SD memory cards and has approximately 10.5MB of built-in memory
  • 5 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • Waterproof body enables approximately 30 minutes of continuous underwater shooting at a depth of up to 1.5 meters
  • 3x optical zoom; recovery function makes it possible to reclaim images and audio files erased accidentally
  • Large, 2.0-inch LCD monitor with low-reflection technology and a backlighting system

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent all-round camera
I am very impressed with this small, easy-to-use, fun camera.First of all, it is very stylish.Its body is small and shiny and its screen is quite large.I was actually surprised by how small it is because the pictures make it seem about average size.In terms of performance, the five megapixels, built-in memory, and 3x optical zoom set it out from digital cameras of similar price.Plus, its water proof and durable.In all, you really can't go wrong with this camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best waterproof digicam
When shoppping for a waterproof digital camera to use while river floating, I was drawn to this one. Small, sleek & stylish, it's better looking and has better resolution than any of the other offerings. I've only used mine on one trip, but I already like it. Although I was somewhat disappointed by the lack of an optical viewfinder, the large LCD is bright enough to use in sunshine with sunglasses on. A few of my photos came out blurry even though the beep indicated the autofocus had locked. These were photos of other boats coming toward me rapidly while I was sitting in my boat, so my movement may have contributed. I need to experiment with the continuous AF and high-speed shooting modes to perfect these shots. It's great that the camera offers you so many options of AF and shooting modes. It also offers a large array of options for tweaking your images in the camera, from adding a frame to eliminating red-eye. This makes me think it might be feasible to print good hard copies without using a computer, something I never considered with other cameras.

All in all, I'd say this is a very good do-it-all, take-it-anywhere camera, with the bonus of it being waterproof. Highly Recommended! ... Read more


2. Pentax Optio S5i 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $429.99
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Asin: B0002B807W
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 156
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Features

  • 5.0-megapixel sensor creates photo-quality 2560 by 1920 pixel images
  • 3x optical, 4x digital zoom
  • 1.8-inch LCD screen, 21 different picture shooting modes
  • Store images on 10 MB internal memory or SD memory card (not included)
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery, estimated for 180 shots

3. Pentax Optio S50 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
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Asin: B0002XNT7G
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 374
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Features

  • Convenient, small and light with size of 3.5 x 2.3 x 1 inches and weight of 6.3 ounces with battery and memory card loaded
  • 5.0 megapixels based on a total of 5.36 megapixels; 1/2.5 inch interline transfer CCD with a primary color filter
  • Up to 2560 x 1920 still image resolution
  • Up to 320x240 QVGA movie resolution
  • Auto Focus with manual override

4. Pentax *ist DS 6.1MP Digital Camera with Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Digital SLR Lens

our price: $999.95
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Asin: B00062NT9G
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 689
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Features

  • High-definition, maximum-gradation images with 6.1 effective megapixels
  • Large, high-precision two-inch color LCD monitor
  • High-precision 16-segment multi-pattern metering; high-accuracy 11-point AF sensor
  • 1/4000-second high-speed shutter; rapid consecutive shooting of up to 8 images at approximately 2.8 frames per second
  • SD memory card compatibility

5. Pentax *ist DS 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
list price: $999.95
our price: $899.95
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Asin: B00061LSAY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 2703
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Product Description

PENTAX has downsized digital SLR photography once again with the introduction ofthe *ist DS digital SLR. Developed as a second, even smaller, PENTAX compact digital SLR, the *ist DS camera advances the PENTAX commitment to easy-to-use and portable digital. The *ist DS is one of the smallest and lightest digital SLR cameras available. Measuring just 4.9 x 3.6 x 2.6 inches and weighing under 18 ounces, the *ist DS also delivers superior image quality in compact design. Despite the size, the *ist DS offers 6.1 effective megapixels and PENTAX original image processing technology. The camera is designed to be compatible with most PENTAX interchangeable lenses to meet a wide range of applications and visual creativity. The *ist DS hosts an array of advanced, user-friendly features including a high-magnification viewfinder, a 2.0 inch color LCD monitor, a generous LCD datapanel, and an innovative Auto picture mode for automatic selection of the properexposure program. Offering quick, effortless operation and easy portability, the *ist DS is the ideal digital SLR for all levels of photographers, including first-timer digital SLR users and families. ... Read more

Features

  • 6.1 MegaPixel CCD housed in one of the world’s smallest, lightest digital SLR camera bodies
  • High-rigidity stainless-steel chassis
  • Compatible with 35mm-format lenses and accessories
  • Fast, high-precision 11-point autofocus (9 cross-type sensors) with SAFOX VIII
  • SD memory card compatible

6. Pentax Optio SV 5MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom
list price: $499.95
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Asin: B0002B80EA
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 488
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Features

  • 5.0-megapixel sensor creates photo-quality 2560 by 1920 pixel images
  • 5x optical, 4x digital zoom
  • 1.8-inch LCD screen, AVI movie mode with sound
  • Store images on SD memory card (not included)
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery

7. Pentax Optio S40 4MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B0001FFMCA
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 266
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Combining advanced Pentax lens technology with a detailed digital imaging system and some advanced features, the Optio S40 is well-suited to be the family's digital camera. It's encased in a compact aluminum body designed to stand up to the knocks and dings of travel, and its features make it accessible to photographers of all skill levels.

Optics and Resolution
Featuring a 4-megapixel CCD sensor, the Optio S40 delivers photo-quality prints at sizes up to 11 by 15 inches. The camera has an smc Pentax 3x optical zoom lens, which is equivalent to 35-105mm lens for the 35mm film format. Combined with 2.6x digital zoom, the S40 can magnify images up to 7.8x.

Movie Mode
The Optio S40 can capture short video clips with sound in movie mode. The maximum length of the movies this camera can capture is governed by resolution settings, framerate, and memory card size, but generally these movies are a few minutes in length. While they aren't camcorder quality, these types of video clips are fun and convenient, and they're perfect as e-mail attachments. You can even watch and listen to them on the camera's built-in color LCD screen and speaker. The camera lets you record audio notes, too, which is ideal for those situations when you want to preserve the names of people or places you're photographing.

More Features

  • Compact, durable aluminum body
  • Bright LCD monitor that's easy to see even in direct sunlight
  • Three metering options (multi-segment, center-weighted, and spot) help determine the appropriate light response during flash photography
  • Three image-quality settings
  • Seven auto picture modes take the guesswork out of composing for the most common photo environments. They are landscape, flower, portrait, self-portrait, surf & snow, autumn color, and sunset.
  • Focus Free mode allows you to place a focus point anywhere in the image area
  • Help button explains dial positions and features

Storage and Transfer
Images and video are stored in 11 MB of internal memory, but the camera also has a slot for optional use of Secure Digital (SD) memory cards (memory card not included). Files can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by two AA-size batteries (alkaline included, rechargeable lithium ion recommended). The camera measures 3.5 by 2.3 by 1 inches and weighs 4.4 ounces without batteries and memory card (approximately 6.1 ounces with).

What's in the Box
Optio S40 digital camera, two AA-size alkaline batteries, USB and video cables, strap, and ACDSee image software ... Read more

Features

  • 4-megapixel resolution for photo-quality 11 x 15 sized enlargements
  • Pentax 3x optical zoom lens combines with 2.6x digital zoom for 7.8x total zoom
  • 7 auto picture modes take the guesswork out of composing for most-common photo environments; help button explains dial positions and features
  • Connects to computers via USB
  • Powered by 2 AA-size batteries (alkaline included, rechargeable lithium ion recommended)

Reviews (11)

4-0 out of 5 stars Pentax S40 review
I just purchased this camera and have been using it for a few days extensively.

Positives:
1) Ergonomics - look and feel is very nice.
2) Picture quality - the picture quality is also very nice.
3) Batteries - one of the reasons I bought this was the fact it takes AA batteries, unlike most other small compacts I considered.
4) Manual controls - the camera has plenty of manual controls, more than I'll ever use. I especially like the ability to select 4MP/3MP/2MP/1MP resolutions, each in FINE quality mode.
5) Movie mode - shoots at 30fps which makes for smooth movies albeit at 320x240 (quite acceptable for a camera).
6) Menu system - quite easy to learn and navigate.

Negatives:
1) Performance - unfortunately, the camera is a bit slow, even with a high speed SD card.
a) Shot-to-shot - in 4MP/Fine mode is just over 5 seconds with flash, and just over 3 seconds without flash. This is with post-review off, which usually helps to some degree. This performance improves slightly as resolution/quality is decreased. For example, at 2MP/Fine without flash shot-to-shot is under 2.5 seconds. Note this performance is with a high speed Panasonic SD card.
b) Continuous mode - the camera can shoot 2 pix while in continuous mode in about 2 seconds. Then, a noticeable delay for the 3rd and subsequent pictures. This is for 4Mp/Fine, and does also improve for lower res/quality.
c) Start-up speed - no better than 4-5 seconds.

Overall, I really like this camera, and would recommend as long as its coupled with a high speed SD card.

4-0 out of 5 stars great for a compact camera!
hi all, i've been eyeing this camera since the announcement from pentax in feb and quite pleased when i got it from my local retailer.

all in all, i like the fact it's using 2 AA batteries only and that it's really slim and compact without bulging parts. pictures are good enough for an average consumer who isn't looking for "national geographic" standard pictures or anything like that. functions and features are good as well as the ergonomics.

some might find the lcd blacking out while the flash is charging annoying, but it's actually good to me in the sense that at least i know i can't take pictures since the flash isn't ready! (lcd display returns when flash is charged, ie it's ready for another shoot!)

battery power isn't all THAT bad... unless u really shoot alot and left it on most of the time. the camera heats up slightly after about 5 mins of it being switched on. i recommend getting a 256mb SD card since the video capture can take long video clips.

those with problems with video capture: have to hold the shutter button halfway down until it registers before fully depressing it to start capture. to stop just a full depress will do.

i had some problems downloading the pictures initially. apparently i need to have the camera switched on BEFORE i plug the usb connection and not switch on the camera AFTER i plug as stated in the manual.

great camera for it's price as i think you can't really get any better camera that's cheaper! AA batts are great since i really like the flexibility of buying off the shelf if batt runs out when i'm out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Contrary to so many others, this is one great little camera
While walking thru Costco this morning I saw the Pentax Optio S40, it really looked great, I,ve owned quite a few Pentax Products and always found them to be well done with few exceptions, the S40 is no exception.
In a very impulsive mood I bought it, took it home, knew nothing about it, but was glad to see it uses AA cells, I did not read the manual, I inserted (2) fully charged 2200 milli ampere hour AA cells and my own 256 meg card, then started shooting pictures.
The results were superb, the color is excellent, required no correction at all, I took about 200 shots, the batteries are still going strong. True, on the screen, it looked like they could be sharper, when printing they were beautiful, ,,,,
Since then, I have been reading not such great things about the S40, I disagree with all, this is a first rate, beatifully made machine that is just a joy to use, I am going on a vacation shortly, the D40 will be with me.
Coul be I am lucky and got the best D40 ever made, I doubt that, I cannot recomment the camera more enthusiastically, I think I should read the instruction manual now, it could help even more

3-0 out of 5 stars Great size, image quality only so-so
The S40 is a very convenient size and light enough that it can be worn around your neck or carried in a shirt pocket. It uses two AA batteries instead of a proprietary battery, so you can power it with a couple of sets of rechargeable NiMH batteries. It has a 3x zoom and a nice selection of different shooting modes. The user interface is pretty good - you can select the 'hot buttons' that are most frequently needed to change resolution, exposure override, etc. So far, so good - right?

Unfortunately, image quality isn't on a par with other 4MP cameras. The S40 that I had was consistently soft along the left side of the image and had a similar, although smaller area on the right side of the image. Image sharpness wasn't great throughout the frame regardless of the zoom setting, although the colors were accurate and well saturated. There was a good bit of distortion at the widest setting, although this seems to be pretty common with very small digital cameras. I was diasppointed enough with the S40 to return it - a pity, because I loved the small size and light weight.

4-0 out of 5 stars perfect example of form over function
The Pentax Optio S40 is ideal for consumers who want a small, durable, attractive camera that delivers merely tolerable performance and image quality. the lens produces invariably soft images, and the auto focus and shutter response seem to be relatively slow. My last camera was the more high-end, enthusiast-oriented Nikon Coolpix 995, but I couldn't tuck it in the pocket of my jeans and forget about it like the optio S40. In terms of aesthetics, the S40 rivals Canon's Digital Elph series, with its sleek, flat design and brushed metal exterior. Photographers seeking more versatility will want something larger, more complex, and more expensive, but casual snapshooters who want basic shots and short video clips (with sound) at parties, on trips, etc. will probably be satisfied. This camera is a pretty good deal at costco, which is the only store I know of that will accept returns on digital cameras without a 15% restocking fee. All in all, the Optio S40 is not a bad value. Compare to the Canon Powershot S410, Nikon Coolpix 3200, and Kodak Easy Share series. ... Read more


8. Pentax IQZoom 170SL Date Camera
list price: $360.99
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Asin: B00005MFQ6
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 3270
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

One of the most compact cameras in its category, the IQZoom 170SL weighs only 7.4 ounces but combines powerful features to make it versatile for any photo situation. The 38-170mm zoom lens can magnify the image up to 4.5 times, giving you a wide range of shooting options.

The passive autofocus system ensures sharp and clear photos, even when subjects are in typically difficult positions, like off center or behind a window. The autoexposure and autoflash keep subjects well exposed and properly lit so that perfect smile won't be lost because faces were backlit by the sun or the room was too dark.

The large LCD panel gives the user all the important information about the camera's current operating modes, so you can easily and quickly adjust controls to your needs. Film handling is completely automatic--from loading to advancing to rewinding.

You can switch from standard to panorama format midroll to get that extra-wide shot. The 10-second self-timer is always useful for self-portraits or group photos. You can also imprint the date or day and time onto your photographs to remember when that picture was taken. To conserve battery energy, the camera automatically shuts off after three minutes of no use. ... Read more

Features

  • 35mm compact point-and-shoot
  • 38-170mm 4.5x zoom lens with autofocus
  • Multi-mode flash features red-eye reduction
  • Automatic film loading, advance, and rewind
  • Passive 5-point autofocus system

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Clear, Clear, Clear!!!
The pictures are just incredible! Excellent!

2-0 out of 5 stars Did I get the same camera?
I was recently forced to shop for a new camera when my Vivitar PZ8000 broke down after years of clear, quality pictures. My main goal was to find a camera that could produce consistently clear pictures. Plus, it has to be simple. I don't like to spend a lot of time analyzing the light, etc. I want to be able to grab the camera, turn it on, and quickly take a picture. So when I saw the other reviews for the Pentax IQZoom 170SL, I thought I had found the camera I was looking for. Everyone raved about the clarity, the zoom and the simplicity of this camera. It seemed perfect, so I bought it.

Now I'm left wondering if I got the same camera as the other reviewers. I've taken 5 or 6 rolls of film with very mixed results. Maybe 25% of the pictures are beautifully clear, as I had hoped and expected. Landscapes turned out better than the rest. About 50% of the pictures were average and basically acceptable. But then about 25% of the pictures were terrible, especially those with people as the main focus. I took an entire roll of film at my brother's wedding, and all but a handfull are so blurred that the people are almost unrecognizable. And I don't just mean that the people were blurring, the entire photo was bad.

There are a lot of flash options, etc. on the camera, and maybe I just haven't figured out when to use the features. And I'll be the first to admit that I'm not especially careful at setting everything up. But I've never had this problem with other cameras. Unfortunately, I waited too long to return the camera because I kept hoping that the pictures would improve. I'm planning on selling it. This camera left me so disappointed that I don't trust it to capture the memories of my vacations, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA..
I bought this camera just in time for my son's birthday party. I don't even have to see the manual to use this camera.. it's just a breeze too operate. The camera felt just right on my hand, lightweight and just at the right size (compared with my previous Pentax IQ-200 which is too bulky and heavy looking).
I used the Kodak 400 spd and the result came out absolutely beautiful.. the color is vibrant and not blurry at all. No more red eyed and dark picture. Definetely worth the money spend!! I will recommended this camera to everyone..
Thanks Pentax..

5-0 out of 5 stars Takes a beating
Pentax point and shoots are extremely reliable cameras, and this one has more zoom than many SLR zoom kits come with! They are also very durable. While playing with one at the camera store that I work at, I dropped it on my foot! I picked it up, dusted it off, and still worked just fine. Just be careful not to knock into things when you have your zoom extended!

One word of warning: with so much zoom you have to be careful not to outshoot your flash. Zoom in to your heart's delight outdoors in bright sunlight but under low light keep in mind that your flash is only good for up to about 10 feet. You should be fine shooting with a nice 400 speed film in most lighting situations, I recommend Fuji.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful camera for taking pictures of kids!!!!
This camera is amazing!! The zoom range is more than adequate for amateur use and is perfect for taking pictures of my kids. I can get those close ups without getting so close up that they stop what they're doing to look at me like with other cameras. I've taken pictures of them across the room and I've also used it at a football game to zoom in on my nephew scoring a touchdown. I can see the expression on his face all the way from the stands! All of the pictures are beautiful, and the zoom helps eliminate photos that have all that unwanted "junk" around the subject. This helps the pictures look more professional and less amateur like. I use Kodak 800 Speed film because using the zoom with lower speed films can sometimes make the pictures darker than I like.

Some of my favorite photos of my kids are when they weren't expecting me to take their pictures--this camera is worth the money for the memories it will keep. ... Read more


9. Pentax Optio 750Z 7MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom
list price: $649.95
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Asin: B0002B80CM
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 754
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Features

  • 7.0-megapixel sensor creates photo-quality 3056 by 2296 pixel images
  • 5x optical, 4x digital zoom
  • 1.8-inch LCD screen, AVI movie mode with sound
  • Store images on SD memory card (not included)
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery

10. Pentax Optio 33WR 3.2MP All-Weather Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $369.99
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Asin: B0000C4E4R
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 1998
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 3.2 MegaPixel CCD
  • JIS-Class 7 water-resistant digital camera
  • Movie mode records 30 seconds of footage with sound as an AVI file 15 fps
  • Convenient USB connection to your computer
  • TTL contrast detection autofocus system with 5-point wide-focus, spot focus and infinity landscape mode

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars *Almost* Perfect For My Needs
I can be rough on cameras so I wanted a digital camera that could take at least a little abuse. I considered the Olympus Stylus 300/400 but didn't care for some of the reviews and the kind of batteries they use (I'm a rechargeable AA fan). What I read on the Optio 33WR was impressive, it has more mode features than I'll probably use (even a specialty mode for fireworks!) Although not quite as easy to use as the Kodak 6330 I feel this is offset by the extra features of the Optio 33WR. Since the Optio 33WR is "immersible" it *should* be able to handle rain and splashing from white water rafting and other water sports (I'll find out the hard way next summer) which greatly appeals to me. Taking pictures is easy and the 3.2 megapixel results are great even for 8x10 prints. Pictures are easy to download to your computer w/the included USB cable and the ACDSee photo-editing software is surprisingly easy to use as well. With a 256MB SD memory card I can take over 100 max quality/resolution photos and battery life is very good. It's small enough to drop in a pocket yet controls are large enough to be easily used. However, the Optio 33WR is not *quite* perfect... A docking bay w/battery charger for downloading photos would be nice and very convenient, I can't locate the optional AC adapter *anywhere*, a *slightly* more powerful flash (adequate as is) would be good, the power on/off button is a little too close to the shutter release for my comfort and the camera strap can dangle in front of the lens/flash when holding the camera at 90 degrees for more vertically oriented shots. Despite these minor quibbles I'm *very* happy w/my Optio 33WR and recommend it to anyone looking for a good digital camera that isn't afraid of the water. I give it 4.75 stars out of 5.
Added: I found a suitable AC adapter at Radio Shack (...) and the ACDSee photo-editing software that comes with the 33WR does a good job of lightening/brightening photos that the flash couldn't quite handle.
Added: The Vivitar DF200 Digital Flash looks to be my choice for better flash performance: It takes AA batteries like my Optio 33WR, "learns" the camera's flash characteristics for better results, tilts/aims for more lighting options and comes with a mini flex tripod & a special bracket for attaching to the tripod hole of the 33WR.
EDITED 5/04: The Phoenix D91-BZS 4-Stop Digital Slave Flash looks to be even better than the Vivitar (even comes w/a camera bracket). I now have the Optio 43WR which is nearly identical to the 33WR except for slightly greater resolution (no big deal) and a much-improved movie mode (640x480@30fps instead of 320x240@15fps) which I really like. However, it requires hi-speed memory to achieve 30fps and the SanDisk 512Mb Ultra II will provide 7.5 minutes of movie recording time at 640x480@30fps. If the movie mode isn't that important to you then I suggest you stick with the 33WR and less expensive memory.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally!!!!!!!
I've waited a long time for a decent digital camera that's rugged enough for going outdoors and enduring a little punishment. This thing is all you could ask for if your looking for a camera to go fishing, duck hunting and anything else you throw at it. It's simple and well laid out but still has all the features of a mid-range camera. It takes great pictures and comes with ACDsee for a wonderful software package.
Enjoy!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice little AW Digital P&S camera!
I am new to Digital cameras, but have been shooting film in a variety of formats and systems for over 30 years. After much research and agonizing compromises, I waited and purchased this Pentax Optio 33WR. It is small, but fits my small hands well. All the controls are nicely defined and laid out. I began using the camera prior to consulting the manual because the camera is logically engineered. The manual is well done and thorough, and Pentax also spells out the accompanying ACDSEE software - not needed if you own a Mac. You can also download the manual and specs for this and many Pentax cameras directly from Pentax's doc site - free, prior to purchase if you want to study this. The specs available are quite accurate. Output is great! Sharp lens, fast focus, accurate exposure, and it fits in my pants pocket. It has a lot of flexibility for a P&S and a fair number of manual features if you need them. Nicely sealed, all weather unit. solid feel! Lots of positives! Negatives are: Came with 2 inexpensive alkaline batteries instead of lithium versions - I replaced them, but one can find power for this camera anywhere. The camera comes with an 16MB SD memory card which is good for about 8-10 hi-res pix, so I replaced it with a 64MB version ($34). All-in-all, 4 stars may be conservative because I like it and it is nearly all I need and want. ... Read more


11. Pentax ZX-M 35mm SLR Camera Kit w/ 35-80 Lens
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00004U5WW
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 6023
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Though the Pentax ZX-M SLR camera shares its compact dimensions and easy-to-use features with the Pentax ZX series, this model lets you switch from a completely automatic mode to a completely manual mode. In addition to the user-friendly features, this camera incorporates a wide variety of functions, including a multimode exposure system, an advanced light-metering system, and a 1/2000-second high-speed shutter. The Pentax ZX-M uses the Pentax A-series manual focus lenses, the FA- and F-series autofocus lenses, as well as a wide range of optional accessories to satisfy the photographer's creative needs.

With its four exposure modes: Aperture-Priority AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Metered Manual, and Programmed AE, you can give this camera as much or as little control over your pictures as you want. You can use the Programmed AE for those shots that you want exposed with no guesswork on your part, while Aperture-Priority AE and the Shutter-Priority AE give you partial control over the shot. Or, for complete control, switch to the manual mode and capture the shot exactly the way you want it.

The Pentax ZX-M lets you check the depth-of-field for a given aperture with just the push of a button. This feature ensures that your picture will have the visual effect that you want, before you take the shot. You can even use this feature when the camera is set in automatic mode. The external LCD viewfinder display features the Pentax Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen, which gives you a sharp, clear image and lets you confirm all of your settings with just a glance. ... Read more

Features

  • Manual focus SLR is ideal for photography students
  • Manual and programmed AE exposure
  • Electronic depth-of-field preview
  • DX and manual ISO settings
  • Accepts all Pentax mount lenses

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars it's just plain great!
i have had this camera for about a year and i am yet to take a bad picture with it. it does lack a flash though and the lense that mine came with did not have auto-focus, so it is a camera for those who are into serious photography. it does have many automatic settings though, so it is easy to use overall. i hope that other people enjoy this camera as much as i have.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pentax ZX-M does have a self-timer
This camera does have a self-timer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best SLR for the money!
The ZX-M is a solid camera with almost every feature you will need. I've owned it for almost 2 years and the only complaint I have is that it needs a flash or it is almost useless indoors, so be prepared to buy one and carry it around. It also lacks date imprinting if you're into that. It is a great camera though and is otherwise pert-near perfect!

5-0 out of 5 stars I love my Pentax
I love my Pentax ZX-M. I bought it a little over 2 years ago because I was a beginner and thought I should start with a manual focusing camera and also because it fell into my price range. I've loved every bit of my camera. It's easy to use, takes great photographs, is light enough to carry around your neck, loads film very easy, and has understandable features. One problem I've had is finding a lense that will fit my camera. From what I understand is that I need a lense with a K mount and those have been a little difficult for me to come by. And another problem that I found is the bulb attachment was a tad bit on the expensive side [all because it was electronic]. Other than that, I love my Pentax. It's definately a great camera for beginners!

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice
I have had this camera since October is it consistantly gets better with time. I am used to using a Pentax MS-super which was a very basic straight forward camera. The MZ-M is exactly like the ME-super except a more up to date version with some hand electronic features and more options. I enjoy this because a transition for me between my old camera and this camera was very simple. The largest bonus with this camera is that all old and new lense footings will fit beautifully.

The one downside is that it does not have a built in flash like all other Pentax M series cameras. I did a lot of research into buying this camera and less than the price of the next model up (which does offer a few other non flash related bonus' but nothing major) you could buy a nice interchangable Pentax Flash to go with your camera.

Over all this camera is fantastic and I have zero complaints. ... Read more


12. Pentax Optio X 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $499.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002B80RM
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 656
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Features

  • 5.0-megapixel sensor creates photo-quality 2560 by 1920 pixel images
  • 3x optical, 4x digital zoom
  • 2.0-inch LCD screen, AVI movie mode with sound
  • Store images on 16 MB internal memory or SD memory card (not included)
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery

13. Pentax Optio MX4 4MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom
list price: $349.95
our price: $299.95
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Asin: B0002TXNHQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 706
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Features

  • 4.0-megapixel sensor creates photo-quality 2304 by 1728 pixel images
  • 10x optical, 10x digital zoom
  • 1.8-inch LCD screen, MPEG4 movie mode
  • Store images on SD memory card (not included)
  • Powered by CR-V3 lithium battery, estimated for 180 shots

14. Pentax Optio S4 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $419.99
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Asin: B0000C4E4S
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 3127
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Raising the stakes from its predecessor--the groundbreaking Optio S--the Pentax Optio S4 adds more megapixel resolution without adding any size to the camera's sleekly designed, tough aluminum-alloy body. It features a unique 3x zoom sliding lens system body that allows the lens to move up, away, and lie fully flush within the camera frame to protect the lens and allow for the camera's tiny dimensions.

Optics and Resolution
With the high-level imaging power of 4.0 effective megapixels (2304 x 1728 pixels), the Optio S4 captures everything from macro shots to distant scenery with exceptional sharpness and accuracy. Other resolution modes include 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, and 640 x 480.

Equivalent to a 35–105mm lens in 35mm format, the 3x optical zoom allows a full range of shooting from expansive scenery to telephoto shots. All elements are crafted entirely from glass and two of the lenses are aspherical on each side. Combined with 4x digital zoom, the Optio S4 offers 12x combined zoom capability.

Movie Mode
In addition to taking still photos, the Optio S4 can also record movie clips of up to 60 seconds with audio at 12 frames per second. The limited resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won't replace your camcorder, but it's perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

The time-lapse movie function allows a sequential set of shots to be run as a short film. This can be used for impressive effects, such as scenes of clouds rushing across the sky, for example, and offers a selection of recording speeds--X2, X5, X10, X20, X50, and X100.

More Features
With a shutter release time lag of just 0.01 seconds, the Optio S4 allows switching from viewing to shooting with a single touch of the shutter or playback button at any time.

The built-in flash on the Optio S4 can be set to fire automatically when shooting in low-light conditions. For greater control, the camera also features flash-on, flash-off, and red-eye reduction modes, and there’s also the option of slow shutter sync when shooting in "night scene" mode.

The Optio S4 offers a choice of two kinds of autofocus. 7-point autofocus helps you achieve sharp focus even when subjects are off-center. Spot AF, on the other hand, lets you place the center of focus on one point out of a choice of 49 in the frame, marking that point in the viewfinder for easier use.

Macro mode allows shots from as close as 7.08 inches from the subject, while selection of super macro shooting allows you to compose from as close as just 2.36 inches.

The OptioS has been specially designed with audio recording capability rivaling the abilities of standalone audio recording devices. This can be exceptionally handy for recording important information in meetings. An index can be added during recording for easy playback.

Other features include:

  • 1.6-inch color TFT LCD screen with histogram display
  • Macro mode: 7.08 inches
  • Shooting modes: program, picture mode, night scene, movie, panorama assist, 3-D image, digital filter, user
  • Picture modes: landscape, flower, portrait, self-portrait, surf and snow, autumn color, sunset
  • White balance control: TTL auto, preset, custom white balance
Storage and Transfer
Images can be stored in the internal 11 MB memory or on optional Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMediaCards (MMC). Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB 1.1, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (D-L18, included). It measures 3.3 by 2.0 by 0.8 inches and weighs 4.1 ounces (with battery).

What's In The Box
This package includes the Optio S4 digital camera, battery and battery charger, USB and AV cables, hand strap, and CD-ROM with image software (the latest version of ACDSee 5.0 software designed exclusively for Pentax Optio digital cameras) and USB drivers for Windows and Mac. ... Read more

Features

  • 4.0 MegaPixel CCD
  • Ultra lightweight aluminum alloy body weighs only 3.5 oz
  • Movie mode records 60 seconds of footage as an AVI file with sound
  • LCD monitor bright enough for use in direct sunlight
  • 11MB internal memory

Reviews (33)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Beginners' Digital Camera
This review is from the perspective of an amateur photographer and a first-time digital camera buyer. My primary goal was to have a) something very portable with b) intermediate features that I could grow into. So this is what I think:

Pros
• Excellent portability - extremely light and small
• Numerous settings allow you to take pictures under vast majority of conditions
• Very good macro function
• Great 'WOW' factor!
• High resolution - 4MP
• Good optical zoom - 3x
• Records short videos - upto 60 seconds
• Decent-sized LCD screen

Cons
• Average picture quality (you have to print the photos to see the real quality)
• No SD card included (only 11MB of internal memory; budget for SD card)
• One proprietary battery not enough; budget for spare
• Battery cover somewhat flimsy - handle with care
• No case; you could get one from Fry's/BestBuy for less than $10

Optio S4 serves my purpose very well. I hated lugging around my previous 35mm camera. Now I pretty much have the S4 with everywhere I go during the four weekends that I have had it. Overall evaluation is thumbs up!

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice camera (and doublecheck readers comments...)
Just one information about something I read, please readers be carefull and always double check the reviews. The Casio EX-Z4 which this pentax is often compared to, use THE SAME optic of the Pentax (digital processing is different though).
Minolta Xt is a 3mp very compact camera with totally different lens concept (telescopic instead of sliding).

This camera is quite amazing: increadbly small in size, but with good features and quite good image quality.
Some distortion and less sharp image in the corners, though, so doesnt really compare to an Ixus IV for example.
But beware! The 4mp version doesnt bring much improvement over the cheaper 3mp former model.
Same for the Casio. I would stick to 3mp versions for a better price/quality ratio - (well if you get a deal, 'cause on amazon they sell almost same price now...)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera
Just got this camera about a week ago. Love it!! Small, sleek, fits almost anywhere (including in an Altoids can). The picture quality is amazing and the colors are vibrant. The battery lasts much longer than I had anticipated. The camera is ready to take a picture a second after being turned on, which sadly was not the case with my bulky Kodak DX3500. The Optio is so easy to use, you almost don't need the manual it comes with. The only complaint is from my fiance -- he has rather large hands, and he sometimes has problems hitting the right button because of the buttons being so small. All in all, I would recommend the Optio S4 to anyone interested in a high quality, compact digital camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Camera
Great pictures and small size make this the coolest around. Have had it for a year now and had no problems with it. Outstanding battery life and great screen. Buy this camera

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera
I have had this camera for 2 months now and I am very pleased with it. I first could not believe how Pentax put in a 4.0 mp in such a small size. It is unbelievably small! It is the smallest digital camera out there. Zoom is great. People who broke this camera simply did not handle it carefully enough. You get the best bang for the buck- cheaper than many of 4.0 mp digi cams out there on the top of Pentax rebate- I got the check in the mail in about 8 weeks. Picture quality is great. It also has amazingly many features such as sound/video recording, 3D photo, and multi-colored photos. If you want a small, compact, point and shoot camera, this is the choice. ... Read more


15. Pentax Optio MX 3.2MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B0001J0BHC
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 1150
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Features

  • Combined high-resolution digital still camera and full-capacity digital video camera
  • 3.2-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 10-by-14-inch enlargements
  • Records VGA quality MPEG-4 video at 30 frames-per-second
  • 10x optical zoom lens; 10 picture modes; supports USB 2.0
  • Ergonomic swiveling grip handle; articulated 1.8-inch LCD monitor; compact design

16. Pentax DCF SP8x43 Binocular
list price: $778.00
our price: $552.96
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Asin: B000093TVQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 1854
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Product Description

Featuring high-resolution optics encased in a magnesium-alloy body with JIS Class 6 waterproof construction, these high-performance models are the perfect choice for a wide variety of applications such as close-up viewing, extended glassing, and use in less than ideal weather conditions. Offering four different magnifications ranging from eight to 12.5 times, the DCF SP models are housed in a nitrogen-filled magnesium-alloy waterproof body and protected with a full-body rubber housing. They deliver exceptional image quality and close focusing with edge-to-edge sharpness, because of the inner-focus optical design incorporating hybrid aspherical eyepiece lenses, high-resolution phase-coated roof prisms, scratch-resistant hydrophobic coating on exposed objective and eyepiece lenses, and multi-coated optical elements. Their lightweight design and long eye relief provide fatigue-free viewing, even during extended observations. They also come equipped with such user-friendly features as an extra-short minimum focusing distance, a diopter adjuster with lock mechanism, and four-stop helicoid-type eyepiece rings. ... Read more

Features

  • Nitrogen-filled magnesium-alloy waterproof body (JIS Class 6) and protected with a full-body rubber housing
  • Exceptional image quality and close focusing with edge-to-edge sharpness
  • Inner-focus optical design incorporating hybrid aspherical eyepiece lenses
  • High-resolution phase-coated roof prisms
  • Scratch-resistant hydrophobic coating on exposed objective and eyepiece lenses, and multi-coated optical elements

17. Pentax Optio S 3.2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $369.99
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Asin: B000087HWM
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 1336
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Early Adopters Pick: March 2003.The world’s smallest 3.2-megapixel, 3x optical zoom camera.

The Pentax OptioS is so small it can fit into an empty mints tin. Smaller than the size of an average credit or business card and just over .75 inches thick, the OptioS boasts a high-quality 3.2-megapixel resolution and a 3x optical zoom lens in a sleekly designed, tough aluminum-alloy body. A new "sliding lens" system allows this lens to move up, away, and lie fully flush with the camera frame to protect the lens and allow for the camera’s tiny dimensions.

Optics and Resolution
Featuring a 3.2-megapixel CCD sensor, the OptioS delivers images up to 2,048 x 1,536 pixels and prints up to 11 by 14 inches. The zooming capacity of the lenses is augmented with 2x digital zooming, which offers smooth operation and realizes a combined zooming power of 6x zoom. It features a focal range of 5.8-17.4mm (35-105mm equivalent in 35mm photography) and maximum aperture of f2.6-f4.8.

Storage and Transfer
Images can be stored in the internal 11 MB memory or on optional Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMediaCards (MMC). Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB storage-class connectivity, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Movie Mode
In addition to taking still photos, the OptioS can also record movie clips of up to 30 seconds with audio at 12 frames per second. The limited resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won't replace your camcorder, but it's perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

More Features
The OptioS has been specially designed with audio recording capability rivaling the abilities of standalone audio recording devices. This can be exceptionally handy for recording important information in meetings. An index can be added during recording for easy playback.

  • Shooting modes: program, picture mode, night scene, movie, panorama assist, 3-D image, digital filter, user
  • Picture modes: landscape, flower, portrait, self-portrait, surf and snow, autumn color, sunset
  • White balance control: TTL auto, preset, custom white balance
  • Autofocus: 7-point AF, spot AF, and infinity landscape mode
  • 1.6-inch color TFT LCD screen with histogram display

Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included). It measures 3.3 by 2.0 by 0.8 inches and weighs 4.1 ounces. This package includes the OptioS digital camera, battery and battery charger, USB and AV cables, hand strap, and CD-ROM with image software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac. ... Read more

Features

  • Tiny digital camera, small enough to fit into mints tin
  • 3.2 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 8 x 10 prints and medium-quality prints up to 11 x 14
  • 3x optical plus 2x digital (6x total) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Store images on 11 MB internal memory; compatible with Secure Digital/MMC cards
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port; rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery included

Reviews (67)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for on the go
Pros: Super fast performance... almost instantly ready after power-on and the fastest camera i've ever seen as far as being ready for consecutive pictures. very good quality pics, even in low light. I am shocked by its size... it really does fit into a altoids (R) tin. Pentax has been making quality cameras for years, this definitely adds to their name.

Cons: The "power" button is right next to the shutter button. When you try to take a pic you sometimes hit the wrong one and turn it off. Incandescent lighting can cause a "yellowy" tone to appear, but can be corrected by using a flash or using the "white balance" feature. Battery charger doesn't plug into camera, only charges battery. Fine if you have more than one battery, but inconvenient otherwise.

Overall: not the cheapest camera on the market, but increadibly small with wonderful features. If you can afford it, there is no better. You will find yourself using this more than you would a larger camera. worth the [money].

5-0 out of 5 stars The Great Optio S
I have owned several other digital camera's in the past (Kodak and Fuji) and none even come close to comparing with the Pentax Optio S. I recently purchased the Optio S for a trip to the Greek Isles. I was a bit skeptical if such a small camera could deliver overall performance. The Optio S is fantastic. The battery life is great ( I bought an extra battery anticipating a short battery life...two batteries is almost overkill) and the SD media cards are super convenient. Just a quick switch and you have the ability to take up to 124 pictures on the highest picture quality setting. The little camera also takes video. It's not the greatest video, but it's good enough to show friends and family. The best feature about the camera is it's size...you can take it anywhere and almost forget about it, except when you want to take a picture. I get better pictures now because I take more pictures when it counts. My only complaint is that on top of the camera where the on/off switch is located, some of the markings (ON/OFF) are wearing off slightly. Nothing severe especially after the abuse I have given it. I highly recommend the Pentax Optio S digital camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars Altoid?
The Pentax Optio S contains a lot of features for its size. Small enough to fit inside my Altoids container, the Optio S sports a 1.5" screen that is clear and easy to see. The buttons are big enough for human fingers (unlike some others that I have viewed...) and they are clearly labeled. The menu is easily readable and easy to use. There are almost too many different options for this small camera its stunning.

PLUS-SIDE:
The Optio sports different color schemes including blue, red, purple, yellow, black & white, and sepia (my fav.) in addition to a few others.
It offers 3x optical zoom, which I was personally impressed by exactly how far it can zoom in. It has an adjustable flash option for any lighting. The Optio takes pictures in four different pixel measurements. Its video card is usually cheaper than any other card (and holds the same). Its movie capability is spectacular for any digital camera. Its computer software is easy to use, including options such as downloading, uploading, and sychronizing.
Some features it contains are Self-Portrait, Night-time Photos, Movie Filmer, Stretching (distorting the pictures, sometimes this can give an unusual effect to those who desire it), a 3D option with included 3D glasses, the aforementioned colors and many, many other variations. Lighting can also be specified.

DOWN-SIDE
Shutter-speed. It's shutter lag is very annoying, and can drive anyone nuts. For me, shutter speed is a small consequence for such a stunning machine, but the lag can immediately turn anyone away, so buy carefully.
Internal memory. Without the card, the Optio has a pathetic 11mb storage--or about 10 pictures at high quality.
Battery length. This is what almost crossed the camera off my list. At full length, this battery can last anywhere from 1-4 hours. It's been a heartbreak on some instances when I could not take anymore pictures. One has to recharge it for about 3-6 hours just to get 1-2 hours of decent camera usage. Unpleasant.

OVERALL:
Like any camera, it has its setbacks. But for this $300- miniature super-camera, I think it is worth it above others. Its inexpensiveness and its eclectic of features makes it a must-buy for camera-lovers or family members. Its perfect for that summer getaway to Rome or that Winter break in Colorado with the extended family.

4-0 out of 5 stars USED FOR YEARS!
okay, when i bought this camera, all i wanted was a nice macro, easy point and shoot camera with a "cool factor" im a teenager, and so that's obviously important to me. i bought it for 350, and sadly the price has dropped down to 200 now.

through the years i've used this, my ONLY complaints are the slow recording speed: it takes a while for the image to be captured from the time u press the shutter; and the grainy image in low light situations. otherwise, the camrea is great, beats the Casio exillim in almost every way other than LCD.

the macros are WONDERFUL all my photography classmates ask if i use a 5mp camera or a film camera and scanned it in.

I LOVE MY OPTIO S

3-0 out of 5 stars Beware warranty service
I have had this camera for over 6 mos and have been happy with the small size and the picture quality. It has a great macro lens for closeups of flowers etc. I did find that the flash is marginal, but the camera was designed as a small, easy to carry camera. That is where I have now had problems. It is apparently fairly fragile for a camera designed for active use. Several other reviewers have commented on the lack of warranty service by Pentax. My display button quit working, and when I sent the camera in they blamed it on moisture and would not repair. I checked with several camera stores and, according to them, most of the Warranties from most companies are very poor. If you plan on using this camera for hiking, bicycling or general travel be very careful, because if ANYTHING happens it will NOT be covered by warranty. The 4 megapixel model may be better, or you may want to go to the small camera of another company. I will not purchase another Pentax. If you buy a camera for active use, you may want to consider an extended warranty such as that offered by Best Buy. ... Read more


18. Pentax Optio S4i 4MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $479.00
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Asin: B0001FFMCU
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 1815
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 4-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 11-by-14-inch enlargements
  • Pentax 3x optical zoom combines with a 4x digital zoom for a 12x combined zoom
  • 7 picture modes; 1.8-inch color LCD display; movie mode with sound
  • Store images in 12 MB internal memory or on optional Secure Digital memory cards (memory card not included)
  • Powered by lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included with charger)

Reviews (22)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Little Camera
Everyone has different Camera needs.....

We started with a Nikon 995 (that we have had since it came out).
** My wife wanted a purseable camera. She wanted a Large screen and for it to be easy to use for good photos.

I wanted it to take good pictures, have a real Macro mode (around 2 inches), remote (a $30 option) + video out (for family portraits), Manual focus, good low light focusing, and to be a fast shooter, Tripod Mount and a good battety life.

This Pentax Optio S4i does all this and more and it is incrediably easy to operate. Not just the basics, even the more advanced features. I considered its almost twin the Casio Exilim EX-Z40 (same lens)but worse menus, (Casio has No remote option or video out), but it has a 2 inch sreen instead of 1.8 (both screens are same Resolution though) the casio does have an almost double life battery that so far is not available separtely for eihter camera (the two take the same batteries). Basically the Batteries last about 300 shots, the old around 150 (710ms vs. 1230mA [the battery model #s are D-LI8 and NP-40] Addiitonal and OEM and third party ones are $18 to $40).

If it matters pentax is actually also smaller then casio about 2/3 the size.

Also considered Sony T1, and all Minolta's Dimage X/t/i/g and of course Canon's Elph series. For me they were all lacking a feature or two or three+ (Be it Macro, Tripod mounts, remotes or more).

You can go to reads reviews on dcviews.com (a meta site for news and other review and news sites). As I write this the Casio is reviewed the Pentax has not been.

What could they have added still: 1) (a tiff/raw image mode) 2) An AF Lamp always helps even though this camera focuses 10 times better in low light then my Nikon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing little camera
I was first attracted to this camera because of its size and light weight; the Pentax marketing materials will tell you that it fits in an Altoids tin. Not only can you easily carry this camera anywhere, but the number of functions it has is just amazing. I like the option of composing my photo using a viewfinder or the screen. Instant review, various flash options, and a number of other color and light adjustments that can be made assure that you never take a bad picture. The video and sound recording options are also fun. As an added bonus, the super lightweight battery is rechargeable. I like that I can easily fill the memory card with one battery charge and then quickly recharge the battery for more use. At the end of the day when you go to download your pictures onto a computer, the software and USB cable connection could not be easier to use. After initial installation, it's simply a plug-and-play operation.

4-0 out of 5 stars not perfect but very good !!!
I have the camera now a few weeks and I can say it is great!!! is small fits in every pocket !!! very good pictures i mean for digi cam ! if U want the best and the perfect pictures then U have to buy the pentax SLR ZX-7!!! nobody has to forgett this is a digital camera and a friend has the new sony with 5 mega pixel and these camera make not better pictures!!! i can say I'm very happy with the s4i !!! I would buy again!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice
Real nice camera, researched it thoroughly and was worried about picture quality not being as good as the canon elph, but I'm completely happy with it. Panorama is pretty nice and the time lapse video is cool. The size is pretty amazing. You can always keep it on you without realizing it's there. Best digital point and shoot camera I have seen and for only $350, you can't beat it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reasons to consider the Pentax S4i
Here are reasons why the Pentax S4i should be considered:

1) SMALL AND LIGHT- Smallest not only by linear dimensions (also is the smallest by cubic inch 'bulk' as well ) and weights only 4.2 oz WITH battery and memory card. All with a large 1.8" screen.

2) AVAILABILITY - It is so easy to carry around that I don't leave it behind in the hotel room (how many times have you left your camera in the hotel room while out dining because it isn't acceptable to carry a full sized camera to dinner or other events...and lost the opportunity to capture pictures?)

3) SHUTTER LAG and SHOT-TO-SHOT SPEED - Unlike other digital cameras...captures the picture as intended. Hardly any shutter lag. Also important to me is that the time between shots is minimal with the internal buffer.

4) LITHIUM RECHARGABLE BATTERY - Some prefer standard "AA". I do not as the "AA" will allow less than 50 shots compared to the 200 shots I can get on a single charge. Why is that important? I hate to carry multiple spare batteries...and "AAs" are heavier (just as an example...holding four "AAs" alone feels as heavy as the Pentax S4i fully loaded with battery).

5) SECURED DIGITAL MEMORY CARDS - The cards are cheaper in price than Xd or Memory Sticks. My recommendation....Panasonic brand high speed SD cards...which are known to be quicker than other brands (Panasonic data transfer write speeds of 10mbps ...which is quicker than the high end SanDisk Ultra II speed of 9mbps).

6) TELEPHONE SUPPORT - Call Pentax customer support at 800-877-0155 and you will see. Not only for customer support...but technical knowledge.

Suggested accessories:
** Spare battery
** Fitted authentic Pentax leather case with storage pockets for accessories. Model PTX-L40. Not available through Amazon but sold at Walmart.com for $19.34. Also sold at Ritzcamera.com.
** Memory cards (I view it as a positive that Pentax is not including a memory card other than the included 10 mb internal memory. This compares to many manufacturers that are providing a 16mb memory card...which will fit 16 shots at 4mp and are basically unusable). (Suggestion....Pansonic brand secured digital cards are known to be quicker and higher performance than other brands. Buy several 256mb cards.)
** And yes...an Altoid tin for storage (Fits in the tin and it does close tight for storage. Just have to shape the box by 1/16" with your thumb on the initial use to make room for the wrist strap eyelet. No big deal).

My best suggestion is to study this camera in person. You will not be disappointed.

I highly suggest the Pentax S4i for any traveler...as well as any parent...who wishes to have a very well engineered camera available...which will last for years to come. ... Read more


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